Diesel Technology Grad Wins Award of Distinction

Nina Gaston, a Diesel Technology Graduate of Western Technical College will be announced as the 3rd Annual Career Colleges and Schools for Texas Awards of Distinction winner at the Annual Conference, “Together We Can...” at the Westin Galleria Dallas, October 10-12, 2012.  Gaston was nominated by Helen Garcia, Career Services Director at Western Technical College. Garcia says, “It’s a personal honor and certainly a feather in the college’s cap.  I work very hard with students, and so do members of my team, and I am so very proud of Nina and all of the other graduates that have proven time and time again that they matter and they can make a difference.”  

“CCST is the state association for private, post secondary that prepare people for today’s jobs and great careers. There are approximately 200 colleges and school s in the state offering a wide range of occupational curriculum. These colleges and schools enable more students to reach their career goals, provide employers with a large pool of skilled workers, and ultimately expand the state’s tax base by attracting and expanding business in Texas,” according to the CCST website http://www.ccst.org

Gaston, who is now the Aftermarket Account Representative for Stewart & Stevenson Power Products, graduated from Western Technical College in 2004 with an Associate Degree of Occupational Studies Degree in Automotive Technology.  After completing the program at Western Technical College, Gaston went on to become an instructor and externship coordinator for the Diesel Program. She says of winning the award, “This award is an acknowledgment that hard work and perseverance do get recognized.  We go through life trying to do what we can to achieve personal success and provide for our families, this award shows us that I am probably going in the right direction… Western tech has been a part of my personal and professional life since I first started there as an automotive student in 2003.  The knowledge I received at WTC is what has allowed me to be taken seriously as a technician, not just a girl trying to do a man’s job.”

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